Special Needs of Women in Health Examinations
The present system of periodic health examinations does not adequately provide for female needs. A number of facts support this view. First, in the United States today, only 9.8 percent of all physicians are female, and of these, relatively few are in teaching positions. Medical textbooks published quite recently continue to describe women as passive, willing to suffer, self-sacrificing, and masochistic.1 There is a general attitude among medical care providers that women are not able to make intelligent choices about treatment. Second, a survey by Executive Health Examiners (EHE) in 1975 found that 20 percent of the women interviewed felt that a periodic pelvic examination and Pap smear constituted an adequate check-up.
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